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Beyond the IUD: What you might not know about the contraceptive implant

This post was originally published on the Community site.

You may have heard of LARC — Long-Acting Reversible Contraception — but maybe not by that name. LARCs include IUDs (which you can read more about here), as well as the contraceptive implant.

This post was originally published on the Community site.

You may have heard of LARC — Long-Acting Reversible Contraception — but maybe not by that name. LARCs include IUDs (which you can read more about here), ...

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Awesome professor live-tweets her kid’s abstinence sex education class

Alice Dreger, a professor of medical humanities and bioethics, recently sat in on her kid’s abstinence-based, fear-based sex education class. She live-tweeted her incensed reactions to the teachers’ warnings that premarital sex will lead to all sorts of doom and gloom, that condoms are riddled with holes, and that you should wait until you find a girl who says “no” and put her on a pedestal. 

Alice Dreger, a professor of medical humanities and bioethics, recently sat in on her kid’s abstinence-based, fear-based sex education class. She live-tweeted her incensed reactions to the teachers’ warnings that premarital sex will lead to all sorts ...

"The CPC told me that I would become infertile if I had an abortion."

CPCs: We’re protecting women as “an adult tells a child not to to touch a hot stove.”

Over the course of the three days of the conference, I chatted with a few dozen pregnancy center workers. Multiple women told me it was their job to protect women from abortion as “an adult tells a child not to touch a hot stove.”

Over the course of the three days of the conference, I chatted with a few dozen pregnancy center workers. Multiple women told me it was their job to protect women from abortion as “an adult tells a ...

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Busting myths and calming fears: A doctor answers questions about the IUD

Ed. note: This piece was originally published on the Community site.

So you’ve heard about the IUD (intrauterine device). You’ve heard some of your friends say, “I love it! No pills, no periods, no fuss!” You’ve had other friends say “Ew… something foreign in my body? No way!” As an obstetrician/gynecologist, I hear a lot of truths, but also a lot of misconceptions about this birth control method. So what is the real deal with IUDs? 

Ed. note: This piece was originally published on the Community site.

So you’ve heard about the IUD (intrauterine device). You’ve heard some of your friends say, “I love it! No pills, no periods, no fuss!” You’ve ...

Each dollar spent on publicly funded family planning saves more than $7

For years, the Guttmacher Institute has been calculating just how many unintended pregnancies are prevented–and how much money is saved–by investing in public family planning programs. It’s a depressingly necessary project, as conservatives have taken aim at such funding — both in the US and abroad — in their quest to slash the safety net and vilify all reproductive health care. 

For years, the Guttmacher Institute has been calculating just how many unintended pregnancies are prevented–and how much money is saved–by investing in public family planning programs. It’s a depressingly necessary project, as conservatives have ...

“No duh” study finds giving teens access to free IUDs cuts their unintended pregnancy rate by nearly 80 percent

I’d love to live in a country where we don’t need studies to tell us that giving people affordable access to effective contraception is a pretty excellent way to prevent unintended pregnancies. But alas. So today’s “no duh” study finds that giving teen girls access to long-acting birth control, like IUDs and implants, at no cost cuts their abortion and unintended pregnancy rates by more than 75 percent.

The study followed 1,404 sexually active teen girls in St. Louis. After receiving counseling about their different birth control options, they were able to select any method free of charge. Nearly three-fourths of them ended up choosing an IUD or implant. Nationwide, only about 5 percent of teens use these methods. ...

I’d love to live in a country where we don’t need studies to tell us that giving people affordable access to effective contraception is a pretty excellent way to prevent unintended pregnancies. But alas. So today’s ...

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